My Librarian: Scott Phillips
A carbon-based biped with a high tolerance for exercise. BA earned at the University of Massachusetts, MLS from Simmons College. Served in the military six years, in the armored cavalry. Not many transferable skills there, but the camaraderie of being on a tank crew has earned me lifelong friends. I enjoy reading history (ancient to modern); biography; science fiction (hard, please, though I do enjoy William Gibson); and, as the bulk of my career has been in Young Adult services, teen novels. I like to cook, so a new cookbook really makes my day; I enjoy a good airshow, every sandwich, and every laugh.
I miss Douglas Adams, Anthony Burgess, and Hunter S. Thompson. I look forward to finding you a book to read, no matter the format.
A slim volume of poetry was published in 1798; it was Lyrical Ballads, by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The formal language of verse was gone; the subject matter changed. The effect was similar to when punk rock burst on the rock scene in the 20th century. No more gods, nymphs, or royalty; beggars, the mad, wretches, and convicts peopled Romantic poetry. Revolution was in the air, with the recent overthrow of the monarchy in France and the establishment of Swiss and Italian republics. Coleridge wrote so enthusiastically about the onset of liberty in France and elsewhere the authorities took notice, and he was watched for many years by officers of the state. Radical personal lives and politics gave their words power not seen in previous formalistic poetry. This first generation grew more conservative as they grew older, especially Wordsworth; in 1810, he and Coleridge had a falling out. A second generation of Romantic poets were beginning to write, more radical in their outlook and writings.
Block was born in Los Angeles, sometimes known as "Shangri-L.A.," other times "Hell-A," depending on how the day is going. The daughter of a poet and painter, she attended the University of California at Berkeley. Francesca was a riot grrrl before the term was coined. She read the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez while at college; his magical realism became a major influence. Block's work is grounded in urban realities, though she sees pixies and genies in that "jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city." She missed Los Angeles and wrote her first novel to cure homesickness. That novel was Weetzie Bat, and it made a big, wet splash in young adult literature.